On-loan Tottenham left-back Ryan Sessegnon made his first Bundesliga start for Hoffenheim on Monday night against Union Berlin.
The 20-year-old had already come off the bench to put in some impressive cameos for the German side in the league and completed 90 minutes on two occasions in the Europa League, receiving some rave reviews in the process (Fussball Transfers via Sport Witness).
However, Monday was a day to forget for the Spurs man after his side fell to a 3-1 defeat at home and the left-footer inexplicably, was on the receiving end of racist abuse on social media.
Some Spurs fans rallied behind the youngster and sent him messages of support but it certainly could not have been easy for the England Under-21 international to deal with the kind of hate that is still far too common in the game.
Putting the horrible incident aside, Sessegnon did experience a career first in the defeat against Union Berlin.
According to ESPN’s Bundesliga reporter Archie Rhind-Tutt, the Tottenham man moved to centre-back in the 38th following an injury to Stefan Posch.
The youngster played an hour in central defence, making one tackle, one interception and one clearance (Sofascore).
The experiment was not successful as Union Berlin scored all three of their goals in the final 30 minutes.
However, Sessegnon and Hoffenheim were not helped by the fact that Robert Skov received his marching orders early in the second half, leaving the away side with a one-man advantage.
Here tonight at Hoffenheim-Union Berlin.
— Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) November 2, 2020
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